In a world where feminism means a zillion different things to a zillion different people, there is really only one thing that it seems we feminists can agree on these days. That thing? That Mad Men is f#@$ing awesome. We love it. Feminist blogs that typically have nothing to do with television are falling all over themselves to review each episode, and this feminist right here sets aside each Sunday night for a little quality time with Sterling & Cooper. (You do too, right?)
That being said, in the midst of all that Mad Men love, there is a burning question that remains: How on earth do the employees at Sterling Cooper drink so much during the workday? Did people really used to do that? Well, the staff at Slate's Double X decided to find out what happens when completely sane and sober women drink like Mad Men. Check out the video results:
It would appear that whether or not ad execs in the 60s drank like their lives depended on it, installing a cocktail bar in the office is probably not a good idea. After all, it's hard to get any work done when you're three whiskeys deep and you can't seem to get up off the couch. (Freddy Rumsen would agree, I'm sure.) It makes me a little sad, actually, that this experiment didn't result in a solid endorsement of workday boozing. They always make it look like so much fun on Mad Men!
(On a different note, if there are any other devotees of the Slate "Gabfest" series out there, isn't it totally weird to see these people on camera? I had pictured them completely differently in my mind for no apparent reason.)
Have you ever tried drinking at work? Do you think people used to actually keep alcohol in their offices and drink it all day long like they do on Mad Men? Are there any jobs out there that could be helped by a stiff Old Fashioned? Discuss. (Over drinks, of course!)